Awarded From The Start 

   It was the last week of camp for my morning class for which I taught music and movement. I wanted to do something special for my morning large group class  of diverse ages. They were always so enthusiastically willing to participate in whatever I taught them. I decided to give them a little certificate…

Rest My Child

Patricia was running on fumes. The mother of three children under the age 10 knew she needed to rest, but she felt like she couldn’t due to the needs of so many who depended on her. Patricia who worked from home felt insulted when others would say “Oh you just stay at home.”  Patricia would…

 A Helping Hand

   The biggest test of your efforts as a parent is watching your children take  initiative in doing what they believe is right without your urge in imput. My eldest two children have begun to take more of an active role in taking initiative at home in helping beyond their expected chores, and I couldn’t…

Can’t Touch This: Good Touch/ Bad Touch 

It is very important for parents to create the open dialogue of explaining appropriate and inappropriate touch to their children. Child sexual abuse is a reality that all parents should break the taboo in discussion in being proactive in prevention. Many of us have heard of “Stranger Danger” however many child molestation and sexual abuse…

The Friendship Lifeline with Erica Grant

There’s a time in our lives where we begin to evaluate our friendships. We begin to take an account of our relationships in seeing the truth of what they are. We also in this stage begin to take a self -assessment of who we are when it comes down to extending the bond of friendship….

Grandpa’s Girl

 My grandfather and I shared a very close connection. I was his riding buddy, and he was my trusted source of comforting wisdom. We visited my grandparents everyday. Their home was like a second home for me even throughout adulthood. My grandfather was more like a father to me. My grandfather was my first best…

It’s The Little Things That Count

    Many people think that it takes the most extravagant of moments to make children’s hearts smile. It’s actually the little things that make a world of difference in memories to share as a family. There are times when I look back at fond memories of my childhood for which I don’t think about…

Fighting Flight

  My daughter shared in her first experience of dance camp to kick off summer break. It has been awhile since she attended this particular dance studio, but she was familiar since she was a former student. The owner and instructor knew her very well. The instructor has always treated my family kindly. I could…

Life Lessons From My Sassy Strong -Willed Child  

   Let’s face it, the strong – willed child can sometimes catch a bad rap for their quirky personalities. Yes, I can admit in saying that they can be a handful and stubborn at times. I have a strong- willed four year old who marches to the beat of her own drum, and I lovingly…

Living With Lupus : My Story of Hope

    There is no way to ignore the warm welcoming presence of Eboni Polite. Her smile has the ability to light up a room effortlessly. There is something however behind her lovely smile that Eboni according to the Lupus Foundation of America shares with 1.5 million others in the U.S. Eboni lives fighting the ongoing daily complications associated with…

Children Can Teach Us The Greatest Example of The Forgiving Heart

       Children are the best silent role models in showing the purest example of forgiveness. Their innocence allows them to see faults simply as a mere flub.Children see misunderstandings as an opportunity to communicate in expression than a dead end deal of no return of ending a friendship.    They can fuss, pout,…

Living With Anxiety : The Closeted Truth

People seem to be more open to understanding and acceptance when it comes down to illnesses that they can see in the physical form. There are those who live with a illness and a struggle hidden that the world can’t physically see or have stigmas associated with, so it’s hide in the closet out of fear of…

I Am Here & I Never Left!

  I looked at a few messages and texts from some friends and loved ones who shared how in desperate need they were for someone to talk to in sharing their doubts and troubles. I don’t judge them because I have as well had a few moments where I felt I needed to reach out…